Chris Mathys, GOP primary candidate, begins effort to declare delta smelt extinct

The delta smelt could be declared endangered if Chris Mathys, a Republican primary challenger to David Valadao, gets his way. “Federal and state mandated rules related to the delta smelt in California are severely restricting the releases of surface water relied upon by California’s farmers and ranchers. Agriculture products are vital to California’s economy and […]

Superintendent of Visalia Unified School District Dr. Tamara Ravalin Announces Plans to Retire August 2021

A press release from the Visalia Unified School District Superintendent of Visalia Unified School District Dr. Tamara Ravalín announced today to the VUSD Board of Education and VUSD staff her plans to retire on August 31, 2021. Dr. Ravalín has served in education for 40 years. Dr. Ravalin states, “The last two years have brought […]

CalChamber talks ag with California Department of Food and Ag Secretary

California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross joined the California Chamber of Commerce last week to speak on important issues facing the state’s food and agriculture sector. The virtual event, “A Conversation on Issues Facing California Agriculture,” was held on May 10 and was moderated by President and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers, […]

Westlands Water District applauds Gov. Newsom’s drought declaration, investment in water infrastructure repairs

In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s expansion of the drought emergency to include the Central Valley, Tom Birmingham, Westlands Water District general manager, issued the following statement: “The realities of a changing climate mean California must prepare for longer, hotter droughts that can only be effectively mitigated through collaborative approaches that focuses equally on […]

COS Training Resource Center offering food safety training live online

The College of the Sequoias Training Resource Center (TRC) has been awarded two grants to support California’s Central Valley food and agricultural industry by providing affordable food safety trainings. With many of their trainings being delivered live online, the TRC is excited to start offering some of these classes in person! Depending on the training […]

James Preston announced as Interim President at West Hills Lemoore

West Hills College Lemoore announced that James Preston will serve as Interim President at the Lemoore College, effective July 1, 2021, following current President Kristin Clark’s selection as West Hills Community College District Chancellor. Since joining the district in 2000, James Preston’s roles include West Hills College Lemoore Vice President of Educational Services, Dean of […]